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  1. #1
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    Irish/Scottish Names

    My husband is of Scottish descent and I am Irish, and we have a very traditional Scottish surname. We'd like to honor our heritage with our children's names, but we're having a hard time coming up with Irish or Scottish girl's names that we like. The following are names we like:

    Fiona (Probably would only be used as a mn because it's too popular for our taste)
    Maeve (Love, but will most likely be used in mn spot)
    Saoirse (Adore the name, but poses obvious pronunciation problems in the US)

    To give you a glimpse of our style, some boy names we love are:

    Malcolm
    Cormac
    Clyde (Also a family name on my side)
    Lucky I'm in love with my best friend... 6/9/07


    Margot Helen
    Ingrid Naomi
    Zelda Irene

    Gwyneth*Thea*Portia*Rosalind*Thalia


    Ephraim Charles
    Linus Arthur
    Cedric Jame

    Conrad*Leander*Cormac*Leopold*Casimir*Augustin*Sil as*Dexter*Alasdair

  2. #3
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    From your list there, I like Fiona and Saoirse. Do you want traditional spelling or anglicized?

    Here's both side by side for you, Irish on the left, anglicized on the right

    Aibhlinn = Eveline (pronounced ave-leen)
    Aideen
    Aileen
    Aine = Anya
    Alannah
    Aoife = Eva
    Aisling = Ashling
    Branna
    Brigid/Bridget
    Cathleen
    Caoimhe = Keeva/Keva
    Cara
    Cassidy
    Catriona
    Ciara = Keira/Kira
    Cleona
    Darcy
    Deirdre
    Eithne = Enya
    Iona
    Kyla
    Meara (pronounced meer-ah)
    Niamh = Neeve/Neave
    Nora
    Roisin = Rosaleen (pronounced row-sheen)
    Sinead = Jane (pronounced shin-aid)
    Siobhan = Shevaun (pronounced shiv-awn)


    Scottish

    Ailsa
    Ainsley
    Bonnie
    Elspeth
    Ilisa
    Isla
    Rhona
    Roslyn

    Hope that helped a bit.
    Da to Julianna Piper, Zane Ronan, Aisling Evania, Lysander Tristan and a little surprise sometimes in April

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    I love your suggestions of Meara, Brigid, Ailsa and especially Cleona! Do you know the history behind this name?
    Lucky I'm in love with my best friend... 6/9/07


    Margot Helen
    Ingrid Naomi
    Zelda Irene

    Gwyneth*Thea*Portia*Rosalind*Thalia


    Ephraim Charles
    Linus Arthur
    Cedric Jame

    Conrad*Leander*Cormac*Leopold*Casimir*Augustin*Sil as*Dexter*Alasdair

  4. #7
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    It's from cliodhna. Cliodhna had three magical birds that could sing the sick to sleep and cure them. She falls in love with a mortal and leaves Tir-Na-Nog with him but when he goes off to hunt, leaving her on the beach, she is swept to sea by a great wave, leaving her lover desolate.

    You can spell the name Cliona or Cleona (I just prefer the look of the e)

    Here's the story, if you're interested in reading it. http://www.shee-eire.com/Magic&Mytho...Wave/Page1.htm
    Da to Julianna Piper, Zane Ronan, Aisling Evania, Lysander Tristan and a little surprise sometimes in April

  5. #9
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    Can't go wrong with Gaelic names... love them

    From your list I like Maeve and Fiona best. But Saoirse is growing on my.

    Isla is my fave Scottish girl name. Fiona is on my list too.
    Mother to Evelyn Heather and Callum Richard

    Currently loving: Annabel, Hamish, Bethany, Liam, Violet, Lachlan, Isla, Lennon, Amelie, Callum, Claire, Reuben, Fiona, Rowan, Aurora, Connor, Ever

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